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10.29.2012

UGA Theatre students go to class as simulated patients

Medical Students at the Georgia Health Sciences University Athens Campus are getting a valuable dose of practice with their clinical experience. The school teamed up with the University of Georgia Theatre Department to provide candidates experience with “simulated patients.”

First year medical students are required to take part in these extensive clinical simulations as part of their curriculum. What began as a combination of volunteers, untrained actors, and students, is now a course offered to graduate students pursuing degrees in theatre. The course requires students to participate in simulated doctors’ visits and training Athens area volunteers on skills and techniques needed to most benefit the aspiring doctors.

The focus of the course allows both the theatre and medical students a chance to deal with the wide spectrum of emotions and scenarios that can play out in the medical realm. A doctor’s ability to aptly communicate with a patient is positively correlated to accurate, early diagnosis and treatment. The GHSU students learn to recognize the signs and symptoms the actors are trained to simulate. This allows real world application of the material they cover in the class room.

Nearly any situation can be created through simulation, and participants hope that the course will yield a new generation of Georgia physicians better skilled than ever at communicating and interacting with individual patients. The UGA/GHSU Medical Partnership appears to be at the forefront of this form of clinical preparation.

It is exciting to see two distinct disciplines collaborating together on campus. I am proud of the University for being a leader in this progressive classroom experience, and I am eager to see the positive impact these students will provide Georgia upon graduation. Go Dawgs!

CLICK HERE for a video about the training. 

CLICK HERE for a feature story by Georgia Health News.

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08.18.2014

Class of 2018 Freshman Welcome

The Class of 2018 was welcomed into the Bulldog family with style yesterday afternoon during the fourth annual Freshman Welcome.

Freshman Welcome was a day of firsts for many of the students in attendance. First time at Sanford Stadium. First time Between the Hedges. First time hearing from President Jere W. Morehead (JD '80) and Football Coach Mark Richt. First time learning UGA game day traditions like Calling the Dawgs, Krypton and the Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation. Click here to view a video of yesterday's festivities - or check out students' photos on Twitter and Instagram using #uga18

Already boasting the highest average GPA and SAT scores of any incoming class at UGA, the UGA Alumni Association knows the Class of 2018 will leave its mark on UGA.

 

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08.07.2014

2014 Freshman Send-Off Recap

This summer, the UGA Alumni Association and alumni chapters from across the country welcomed incoming students and their families into the Bulldog family. Each participating chapter hosted its own Freshman Send-Off Party to introduce the Class of 2018 to the Bulldog Nation.

Nearly 40 chapters in 15 states participated in the Freshman Send-Off Parties, serving 1,323 students and their family members. Here are some photos from the events this summer:

We are happy to welcome the Class of 2018 and Go Dawgs!

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08.04.2014

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. James Marshall Shepherd

Another star is born - and this time, it is a UGA professor stepping into the spotlight.

Dr. James Marshall Shepherd, a professor in the Department of Geography, will host a new Weather Channel show titled, “WxGeeks” (meaning Weather Geeks). 

Shepherd received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Florida State University, and joined the UGA faculty in 2006. He teaches courses including ‘Introduction to Weather and Climate’ to ‘Applied Climatology in the Urban Environment.’

Though he may be a new celebrity to the general public, Shepherd is well-known in the climate and weather community. He is a former NASA scientist, the 2013 President of the American Meteorological Society, and heads the nationally-recognized Atmospheric Sciences Program at UGA.

During each episode, Shepherd and other special guests will share expert advice, news and weather-related conversation to educate the viewers in an entertaining format.

WxGeeks producer, Mike Chesterfield, said, “We hope the show can be as geeky and technical as an offline conversation between geeky weather people would be.”

Click here to learn more about "WxGeeks."

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